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  • Wisconsin Black Bears Are Getting Bigger and Bigger!

    From what I have seen the average male Black Bear in Wisconsin runs aprox. 250-350#. Knowing this I thought some of you might be impressed with this one. It was shot pretty close to the area I frequent on a regular basis. The thing is, bears this size are VERY SELDOM seen because they avoid humans big time! It's the younger, smaller bears that are seen more often and cause the most problems because they haven't learned to fear humans yet.

    Wisconsin hunter tags record bear

    Updated: Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009, 9:28 AM CDT
    Published : Tuesday, 22 Sep 2009, 9:16 AM CDT

    PRICE COUNTY - A first-time bear hunter could make state history. He bagged a more than 700-pound prize in the town of Spirit in southeastern Price County -- and he's waiting for confirmation from the D-N-R that his bear set a state record.

    "That's my first black bear I ever shot."

    Mark Listle has been deer hunting since he was 12 years old. But on Friday night after a tip from a friend, he made a discovery of a life time on a farm in the town of Spirit in southeastern Price County.

    "I was pretty excited cause I knew from the pictures how big it was and it person to see it, it was awesome when you see a 727 pound live weight bear that's big," said Listle.

    The bear 's live weight was certified at a weighing station in Prentice. After that he brought it to The Safari Room in Medford to have it mounted. Brenda DuVall, a wild life artist there, says the bear's hide measured 80 inches in length from the tip of his nose to the base of his tail.

    "This bear was so big it had to be brought in with a bobcat, literally a forklift and it was covering the 4 by 8 sheet of plywood," said DuVall.

    Listle says he wants everyone to see his prize and hopefully it will generate more interest in the sport.

    "After it's mounted it will be on display at my convience store in Tripoli for everyone to see."
    Last edited by Snow Walker; 05-21-2011, 04:08 PM.

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    Huge, 658 pound black bear shot by Wisconsin school teacher
    Posted by: Dennis Anderson Updated: September 14, 2009 - 5:42 PM


    What will probably be the largest black bear shot either in Minnesota or Wisconsin this fall was taken last weekend by Rhonda Anderson of Sarona, Wis., a fourth-grade school teacher. The animal weighed 658 pounds live weight, 564 dressed.

    Anderson was in a four-person party that included her husband, Brian. They were hunting behind three Walker hounds and a Plott hound when the youngest canine in the bunch, a mere 6 months old, got on the hot trail of the big bear, finding it in a corn field while the hunters and other dogs took a break.

    "We really just let the young dog out to stretch his legs,'' said Cody Fankhauser of Cumberland, Wis. Also in the group was Rich Einum of Rice Lake, Wis.

    Each is an avid bear hunter, and has chased bruins many times in past years. But this is the biggest bear they've encountered.

    Anderson's bear green-scored 21 10/16 at a taxidermist on Monday (scorers don't reduce the fractions). The Wisconsin state record is 22 12/16. That bear was taken in 2002 in Washburn County.

    Anderson's bear was shot in Barron County, in the general vicinity of Cumberland.

    The Wisconsin DNR doesn't keep records of bears or other animals taken by hunters. But Linda Olver of the agency said Monday that wildlife managers rarely see bears in Wisconsin that field-dress over 500 pounds.

    A bear reportedly weighing about 700 pounds was killed by a farmers' combine last fall near Menomonie, Wis. But later investigation found that the animal had been shot and wounded illegally by an unknown poacher before it was hit by the combine.

    Though black bears are abundant in Wisconsin — the state issued 57 percent more permits this fall, for a total of 7,310 — hunting so far has been slow, Fankhauser said.

    "It's been too dry and hot,'' he said.

    Wisconsin alternates between letting bear hunters with dogs enjoy the first week of the season, with those who prefer to sit in stands over bait. This year when the season opened Sept. 9, the dog hunters had first crack. Next year, hunters who sit over bait will get to hunt the first week without dog hunters also being in the field.

    After the dogs picked up the bear's scent, they ran the animal into and beyond a small lake, where it climbed a tree.

    "I've never seen a bear that big climb a tree,'' Fankhauser said.

    Anderson shot the bear through the neck, killing it instantly.

    The hunters then dragged it to a nearby stream, and floated it about a quarter-mile to a road and their awaiting pickup truck.

    Bear hunters in Wisconsin are required to register their kills. When they do a tooth is extracted to determine the animal's age.

    Olver said she doubts the bear will be found to be real old because old bears have difficulty keeping weight on. Genetics and the quality of available food would determine the bear's size, she said.

    Anderson is having a full mount done of her trophy bear.

    "We've been running our dogs, training them since mid-July,'' she said. "My husband has shot bears before, but I never have.''

    Anderson added, "I'll have something to tell my students.''


    • #3
      Wow, those are good sized bears! I want one that size! Good post, keep them coming!
      Mountain Man J :cool:


      • #4
        Originally posted by J40SW View Post
        Wow, those are good sized bears! I want one that size! Good post, keep them coming!
        Thank You, I want to find some pictures for the above two bears. If I do I will let you know.


        • #5
          The bears have simply figgured out that the prey is easier to catch at 7-11s and McDonalds!
          The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.


          • #6
            That's female grizzly size!
            "If Howdy Doody runs against him, I'm voting for the puppet." - SkyOwl's Wife, 2012


            • #7
              Originally posted by kenno View Post
              The bears have simply figgured out that the prey is easier to catch at 7-11s and McDonalds!
              Actually, that couldn't be further from the truth. Black bears that get that big have done so by avoiding hand outs from humans and humans in general. Black bears that are "problem bears," the type that frequent Mcdonalds and want to take hand outs end up on someones wall long before they could even dream of getting that old/large. If you want a Black bear that big you have your work cut out for you and/or need to have luck on your side.